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Jacqueline Z. Grossnickle, Jess Charmoli, and Anh-Minh Le | June 28, 2016 | Lifestyle Story Shopping

In honor of the Leo Clamp, a new buckle that graces its loafers, Italian shoe designer Tod’s has put together Tod’s Band, a posse of 12 photogenic men, all international tastemakers who project a sense of savoir-faire, sophistication and skill. This elite group—including Italian actor Alessandro Borghi, Chinese model Fei Wang and American dancer with the Royal Ballet in London Eric Underwood—stars in a short video introducing the new shoe adornment. And as befits this band of bold brothers, the Leo Clamp itself is formed by a thick silver metal band with a subtly embossed Tod’s logo that is fastened at the crown of the loafers, offering the enduring look of classic luxury. The Gommino—the brand’s iconic moccasin, driving shoe and loafer—is designed with the stylish men of Tod’s Band in mind. With contrasting hand-painted cobalt blue detail on lacquered black leather, the loafer is sure to take center stage this season.
—Jacqueline Z. Grossnickle

After experiencing financial hardships faced by cancer patients, survivor Lee Rhodes set out to alleviate these struggles with glassybaby—a Seattle-based brand churning out one-of-a-kind votives with a focus on giving back. Since the company’s debut 15 years ago, Rhodes has brought her mission south with four shops across Northern California and a studio in Berkeley. She recently moved to new digs at Stanford Shopping Center: The 503-square-foot jewel-box boutique includes a showcase of 100-plus glassybaby pieces displayed on circular acrylic cutouts. In addition to a fresh look, the space houses the full selection of votives, drinkers and exotics ($44 to $75). Ten percent of all glassybaby products sold in 2016 at the new locale will support the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Health Council. A shopping trip has never felt better! Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.521.1919
—Jess Charmoli

Makers Market
For Suzy Ekman, when one door closed, fortunately, another one did indeed open. After word spread of the closing of her San Francisco store, Makers Market, the folks at Santana Row reached out to offer her business a new home. “Their discerning shoppers are a perfect demographic for us,” says Ekman, “and we look forward to establishing relationships with the 1,500 residents and professionals of Santana Row.” Like its San Francisco predecessor, the recently opened San Jose emporium specializes in goods handcrafted in the United States—often by local artisans and designers—including leather handbags and fashion accessories for men and women. Home products such as ceramics, glassware, wool blankets and hand-poured candles also populate the shelves. Although the Makers Market website carries many of the items, there are some one-of-a-kind pieces that are only available in store. “They sell out too fast!” explains Ekman. Another reason to pop over to the Row: The shop will hold regular Meet-the-Maker events. 378 Santana Row, Ste. 1110, San Jose
—Anh-Minh Le

Originally published in the May issue of Silicon Valley

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